Ordered to Kill

'Shrink, I wanna kill. I wanna kill! I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth! Eat dead, burnt bodies! I mean: Kill, Kill! ...And the sergeant came over, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy!"' -- Arlo Guthrie, Alice's Resteraunt

Ordered to Kill # Resource # Permanent-event
Each face up agent must attack if a company enters a site where he is located. Additionally, any unrevealed on-guard cards are discarded instead of being returned to their owner's hand.

This card can mess with an agent strategy a little bit, but hurts an on-guard strategy more. It would be better against agents if they agents didn't have a way around it...

The first effect is to cause face up agents to attack when possible. The main use of this is if there are some agents that are causing you some trouble (like someone with Shadow Out of the Dark), you can either chace them down or let them come to you. Then, Order her to Kill and pick off that 3 or 4 prowess character with Glorfindel. Problem with Shadow out of the Dark, though, is you have to SURVIVE the undead attacks first... Of course you could use Mirror of Galadriel and plan your attack on Firiel, though make sure to play Ordered to Kill during the site phase so she can't use a hazard to turn back face down.

The second use of this card can be pretty good too. If you don't like surprises, you can Order Arouse Minions to be discarded (except you don't know that it's an Arouse Minions). This can be used as a surprise if you head up to Gold Hill and your opponent places a card on guard. Play Ordered to Kill and stay out of the site (best in long games where EVERY turn is not too valuable) and force the discard of Itangast (or that bluff card...). This can be especially useful if your opponent places cards on guard to cycle faster. However, once this card is on the table your opponent will only put cards on guard that he doesn't mind losing (or using) and if you lose a turn for the cost to your opponent of discarding a card, it's not worth it for you.

So Ordered to Kill can be useful, though not particularly usefully generally. That's probably why it's rare...

Ratings for Ordered to Kill:
Isildur: 4.0
Samwise: 6.3
Bandobras Took: 7.5
Farmer Maggot: 7.5
Frodo: 6.0
Fingolfin: 3.5
Beorn: 6.4
Strider: 5.0
Legolas: 6.5
Cirdan: 7.0
Wormtongue: 6.5
Average: 6.0

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